Residents from around the region share their notes on what makes living in the Berkshires great for them. From outdoor recreation to cultural amenities, what makes this a great place to visit often makes it a perfect place to call home…find out why from the diverse perspectives of our guest bloggers.

Lo Sottile

Lauren “Lo” Sottile is the Development Manager for the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. She grew up in the northwest corner of Connecticut before moving to the Berkshires to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management at MCLA in North Adams, continuing her studies through the Berkshire Hills Internship Program, and falling in

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The Berkshires are Getting Even Greener

Long valued for their scenic beauty, rural charm, and unspoiled landscapes, the Berkshires are getting even greener. Most of the area’s larger communities, from Great Barrington to Williamstown, are tackling the impacts of non-essential plastics. These include thin, single-use plastic shopping bags and polystyrene drink and food containers. Measures to reduce the use of

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What brings a top-notch global executive to The Berkshires?

What drove General Motors' first female corporate executive to pitch her tent at Canyon Ranch after 30 years traveling the world for the Detroit-based automaker? As Susan Docherty tells it, her globetrotting career, including vice-president of sales and marketing, involved 20 moves and temporary homes in five different countries. including 10 years in Europe.

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Recruiting Millennials: Bringing Skill Sets to the Workforce

The week before Grace Clark was scheduled to fly to China last summer to take a job teaching English for a year she received a phone call from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Jodi Joseph, Mass MoCa's director of communications, was on the line offering the 24-year old Minnesota native an internship in

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Five Millennials Give Their Take on Navigating the Berkshire Economy

I first came to the Berkshires from Ethiopia in the fall of 2010 to pursue a high-quality education. After spending four years as an international student at Williams College in picturesque Williamstown, I graduated with a liberal arts degree in economics in 2014. After graduation, while many of my classmates sought more traditional careers

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Arsema Abegaz – Spotlight

Arsema Abegaz, Chair of BYP’s Professional Development committee, is a Data Scientist at the wellness and fitness e-commerce company, Zogics, in Lee, MA. Hailing from Ethiopia originally, and raised in Botswana, Arsema discovered the Berkshires while doing her undergraduate studies at Williams College as an international student. After graduating in 2014 with a degree in

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BYP Scavenger Hunt at Third Thursday

At the height of the summer, 1Berkshire BYPers and friends gathered at the Berkshire Museum to take part in BYP's scavenger hunt. Teams hit the streets to find clues sprinkled throughout Pittsfield’s Third Thursday street festival in July. Solving some of the hunt's more unique clues took quick wits and a propensity to try new things as

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Devin Shea – Spotlight

Devin Shea, the Vice Chair of BYP,  is the Chief Creative Officer for #R3SET, a start-up media company that crowdsources stories of people  solving community challenges through bold and innovative ideas. After graduating from Taconic he went to BCC for engineering and then Umass Amherst where he studied storytelling through film, theater, and animation. Following

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BYP Social at Boundless

1Berkshire BYPers were treated to a special and beneficial Social in April by the serial entrepreneur, wellness expert (new 1Berkshire BYP member), and founder of Boundless, Karden Rabin. Located above the Shakermill Tavern in West Stockbridge, Boundless provides one on one wellness services. Karden offered to not only host our Social, but hosted a wellness

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All-Season Hiking

By Jonah Sykes There are a ton of reasons why I feel excited whenever anyone asks me why I choose to live and work in the beautiful Berkshires. Here is my laundry list, one that I think most people who choose to participate in the excitement and enthusiasm of this community would probably agree with:

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